Plant Parasitic



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Last Edited: May 30, 2002


Genus Anguina

The Wheat Gall Nematode

Important species: A.tritici and A.funestra

  • mainly feeds in or on developing buds and floral primordia
  • colonizes cereal seedheads producing blackened seed galls
  • reproduces in large numbers in infected seeds
  • anhydrobiotic nematodes can survive in seedheads up to 30 years
  • part of a disease complex causing "Annual ryegrass toxicity" by vectoring Clavibacter toxicus which produces a powerful neurotoxin (corynetoxin)